28th SGIFF: In Conversation | Clara Law
Clara Law is one of the most interesting directors to emerge from the Second Wave of Hong Kong cinema of the late ‘80s, creating works that are thought provoking, imaginative and honest. Diaspora is a theme that runs through a lot of her works. But more importantly, from the dispossessed and exiles, she goes further to explore the nomadic existence of the modern man, the alienation and loneliness of the contemporary human existence, and the transience of existence itself. Her works can be described as a poetic diaspora - with concerns steeped in humanity and a continual search for the ultimate truth. In this intimate conversation session, we find out more about Law’s poetic narratives, her focus on the aesthetics of cinema, and the impact her own personal journey in life has made on her works.
Clara Law studied film at the National Film School in England after graduating from the Hong Kong University. She returned to craft a number of internationally acclaimed features including Autumn Moon (Golden Leopard, Locarno 1992; Best Picture, European Art Theatres Association) and Temptation of a Monk (competition Venice 1993, Grand Prix Creteil). She moved to Australia in 1995 and continued to work in films that won many international awards including Floating Life (Silver Leopard 1996, Best Film and Best Director Gijon), The Goddess of 1967 (Best Actress Award Venice 2000, nominated Golden Lion Venice, Best Film FIPRESCI Tromso, Best Director Teplice Artfilm). She is currently working on Drifting Petals with her husband and longtime collaborator (producer, writer) Eddie Fong.
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